TAMPA - Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite at the center of the David Petraeus sex scandal, visited the White House three times this year with her sister, according to ABC News. The visits fuels the interest surrounding the story that won't go away.
Keley and her sister, Natalie Khawam, were cleared into the White House complex for what were described as tourist visits. The visits were arranged by a mid-level White House staffer who has not been named.
The sisters and their families did not meet with President Obama or any other senior officials, according to the report. They visited for a "tour" amd "courtesy meals."
Kelley and Khawan's first visit occurred on September 28, 2012, joining the staffer in the White House mess. Their second visit was on October 24 for lunch with the staff member.
The third visit was on November 4, days beformer Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA. Kelley's husband, Scott, and their three children, along with Khawan and her child were given a tour hosted by the staff member.
On another front, the Associated Press reports that Kelley sent emails to the city's mayor inviting him to events on behalf of the military and bragged about a White House visit.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's office released the emails from Jill Kelley to the media on Friday. The FBI said Kelley received threatening emails from Petraeus' mistress, who apparently saw her as a romantic rival.
The chatty and friendly emails to the mayor were sent in 2011 and 2012. In one, Kelley said she was hosting a group of "VIPs" from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal at her house as part of a trade and commerce program.
In more recent emails, Kelley asked Buckhorn for help with the "paparazzi" that have camped outside her Tampa mansion since the scandal broke.